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Do you have any old recordings of your voice?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

October 24, 2007

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Henry VIIIAre there any recordings of you from when you were younger that helped shape the voice actor you've become today?

Maybe you've got an old tape kicking around in the basement or, better yet, have digitized the old analog recording.

Let us know at VOX Daily!

This afternoon, I caught a program on CBC Radio One that asked people to call in with their stories of old recordings that were taken of them from the past.

Rita Celli, host of Ontario Today, posed the question to her listeners and got a variety of responses from callers, including a professional storyteller who had a recording of herself reading a story called Crooked Old Man and also a Toronto-based actor and dialect coach named John (if you're reading this John, please get in touch with us!) who had a recording of him and his brother singing the Herman's Hermits song Henry the Eighth by Fred Murray and L. P. Weston.

Some of the callers said that the recordings, although they didn't know it at the time, were indicative of where life might take them in their careers decades after the fact.

Do you have any old recordings of your voice that you'd like to talk about with us?

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Stephanie

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    What a great topic! I used to spend hours with my trusty cassette recorder when I was a child, making my own little commercials and little shows. Definitely a foreshadow of my life to come. I'm sure I'm not the only one here who did that!

    Time to dig out my old tapes and get some (embarrassing) stuff digitized. :)

    Posted by:

      Holy smokes, does this one hit close to home. After my family moved to Texas from Los Angeles in the early 1970's, we started exchanging letters recorded on cassette with my grandparents. My grandfather held on to the better episodes and I was able to get a copy of most of them about 10 years ago. The best part of these tapes is that they also include some of the replies we'd get back from my grandparents, so we'll always have their voices preserved.

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        A couple of years ago, my brother sent me a cd that included the taping of a family get-together when I was ten (fifty years ago!) It had the voices of my grandfather, aunts, mother - all gone for many years. And my voice as a ten-year old reading from Charles Lamb's A Child's Garden of Shakespeare. In my very proper and precocious way, I enunciated each word and sounded very proud of myself - As an adult, I listened to it amazed by my once strong Chicago accent (modified greatly after forty years as a Canadian) - and the obvious love I had for the spoken word even then. An additional treat was that, at the time I received this, I was working on writing a kind of memoir from the point of view of that ten-year old girl - and so now I have the voice to go with it!

        Posted by:
        • Carol Kodish-Butt
        • October 25, 2007 8:54 AM

          Yes indeed. I started recording after a friend of mine in high school penned a comic book adventure featuring my alter-ego. I recall recording each panel and doing all of the voices... on the cheapest cassette/radio I could borrow!

          I digitized it a while back, and you can hear the click each time I hit "Pause". Also, it was very battery sensitive, so some portions are faster, others slower depending on how fresh the batteries were!

          Destiny! Destiny! No escaping that for me!

          Posted by:

            I have an aircheck from when I first got into radio back in 1969. I was doing a PSA over the intro of a song. I got to the end and after I got out the 1st three numbers of the contact phone number the vocals on the song hit. So as to "not step on the vocal" radio talk for not talking over the singing, I simply stopped and at the end of the song gave out the rest of the phone number. I guess I thought the listeners were hanging on to get that phone number for the smokey bear hotline.

            I know, pretty embarrassing. I might have destroyed it for that reason.

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